Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is considered the very first science fiction story. What does that
mean and why is science fiction such an important part of our literary experience?
Why has the Frankenstein monster become a part of our collective understanding? Why are we
so afraid of the monster?
Before we begin reading the novel, we need to develop our prior knowledge about Mary Shelley
and the gothic style she uses. We need to understand some of the science behind the
Frankenstein story. We need to explore the human fascination with death and our own desires to
You will be working in a group to produce a power point presentation about one of these topics.
Each group will become the expert on their topic and share the most important information with
the class. The class will be responsible for all of the information presented. Completed
webpages will be posted on my webpage for your reference.
1. Mary Shelley
2. Gothic Literature
3. The science of the Frankenstein monster
4. The Prometheus Myth
5. Themes of Frankenstein
6. The Frankenstein Story
7. What is science fiction?
You will be given two days in the computer lab to gather information and produce a power point.
You must include a list of sources with your power point. Any material directly copied must be
cited in text.
Mary Shelley is an unusual woman from an unusual family. Research her life and how the story
of Frankenstein came about. What challenges did Shelley face in her life that might have
influenced her writing. What was unique about her life that might have influenced her work?
What is unusual about Shelley and her writing?
Books and Writers
The Literature Network
Image Results for Mary Shelley
Gothic Literature is a specific form of literature that lends itself to the Frankenstein story.
Include information about the time period, writing style, conventions, and subject matter of the
The Gothic Experience
The Gothic Novel
Frankenstein as Gothic Novel
The Science of the Frankenstein Monster is based in the fact of the time. Research theories on
the regeneration of life. For something to be science fiction there needs to be an element of
possibility. The science is there to support the story. What science is the foundation of the
novel Frankenstein? How do scientists view these concepts today?
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Science or science Fiction
A Monstrous Notion
The Prometheus Myth is Mary Shelley’s alternative title for the novel. Find out what the
Prometheus myth is and how it might relate to Frankenstein’s monster.
Frankenstein and the Prometheus Myth
Themes of Frankenstein. A theme is a universal truth understood by all men. Examine
possible themes suggested by Mary Shelley and explore how they are supported by the novel.
What makes these themes universal?
Major Themes in Frankenstein
Themes in Frankenstein
The Frankenstein Story is really three stories, one inside the other. Discover the basic story
line and main characters. Create a plot chart for the class.
Frankenstein Book Notes Summary
Frankenstein Study Guide
Frankenstein Character List
What is science fiction? Frankenstein is the first science fiction story. What makes it science
fiction? Develop a definition of science fiction and evaluate Frankenstein as a science fiction
Introduction to Science Fiction
What is Science Fiction?
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Help with MLA Format
The Final Product:
The final product will be a power point presentation for the class that is five to ten slides long.
All group members will present the information.
All direct quotes and pictures are cited using MLA.
A list of sources is included as the last slide of the power point.
Print this paper and turn it in the day of your presentation along with a print out of your power
Group Names: ____________________________________
Class Period: ____________________________________
Power Point: 5 4 3 2
25 points possible ___________________